My 2014-2015 School Year

The year I found myself

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Before I started this school year, I was a different person. I was shy, did not have many leadership skills, and lacked inner strength. I have changed so much since then. Now, when I look back, I think that this year is the year I changed the most, not physically, but in my attitude and maturity. I will look back on 7th grade with fond memories in the future and remember it as the year I found myself.
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Being A Shy Kid

I've been told by my family that as a child I was very shy. I would hide behind my mom whenever anyone would approach me. This shyness continued through grade school. I started coming out of my shell in 5th and 6th grade. However, in 7th grade my confidence soared. I definitely have no problem sharing my opinion with family and friends. In school, I am no longer hesitant to raise my hand and contribute to our class discussions.

Leadership

In my younger years, I was better at following instructions than giving them. Now, in 7th grade, I have the confidence to take the lead in school projects. My leadership skills are also exemplified on my swim team. I cheer all my teammates on and make sure they follow the time intervals. I even earned the Leadership Award from my coach at this year's Awards Ceremony!
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Inner Strength

In grade school, I was very vulnerable to comments made by other people. I would become very emotional at any rude comment or criticism made towards me. I am more passionate about my beliefs and have developed an inner strength that can carry me through any situation.

Conclusion

This year is very meaningful for me because I have changed a lot. My shyness, leadership skills, and inner strength have transformed me into the confident, assertive and strong person I am today. All in all, 7th grade is one of the best years of my life and I will never forget it.